From 5th to 21st
August 2016 and from 7th to 18th September the XXXI Summer Olympic and
Paralympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 will be held in Brazil.
The Olympic football
tournament will be held in five different cities of Brazil including Salvador,
Sao Paulo, Manaus, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.
What follows is an
update of an earlier blog giving some of the recommendations for Olympic Games’
fans travelling to Brazil this year to stay safe and healthy throughout their
Prior to departure
Travellers to Brazil
should seek advice from their national authorities with regards to health risks.
You can also access health advice by the Brazil Health authorities for visitors
on the authorities’ health websites. This is mostly in Portuguese but can be
translated on the site. The public Unified Health System services of Brazil are
free of charge to visitors and every individual that is interested.
Use vaccines for preventable
The visitors from
various respective countries should schedule their medical consultations as
early as possible to before travel to allow sufficient time for immunization
against various diseases.
This will be
appropriate for both routine vaccines and other vaccines are indicated for
various destinations within Brazil. Measles vaccination should be up to date to
prevent its importation to Brazil after its transmission was interrupted in
July 2015. The same applies to rubella that was eliminated in 2009 in Brazil.
Travellers from areas
where polio cases area prevalent are also advised to be fully immunized to stop
its re-introduction to the nation. Polio was eliminated in Brazil in 1989.
also be considered for travellers at risk of any complications resulting from
influenza. Seasonal vaccination of influenza is recommended for people across
all ages, people with chronic medical conditions and healthcare workers. The
Olympic Games will be held after the influenza season in Rio de Janeiro and as
such travellers should receive influenza vaccine at least two weeks prior to
Vaccines related to travel
It is also
recommended that travellers get vaccines for the following diseases such as:
Hepatitis A: Brazil
is prone to hepatitis A outbreaks and as such travellers should be vaccinated
Hepatitis B: There is
low risk of contracting Hepatitis B unless the travellers are engaged in high
of typhoid fever is highest in the North and North- East, including Amazonas
and Manaus which hosts the Olympic football tournament.
Yellow fever: Single
lifetime dose of Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for all travellers in
Brazil for the Olympic Games. The vaccination against the disease should be carried
out for all travellers over nine months in age at least 10 days before their
departure from their home country.
Zika virus: Brazil
has had an outbreak of the Zika Virus in the recent past which has been highly
publicised. The Zika virus is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites.
Subsequent transmission can occur from a pregnant woman to her unborn child and
through sexual contact. The Zika virus can remain longer in a man who has been
affected and can be passed to his sexual partners.
It is not advisable
for pregnant women, or those considering starting a family in the very near
future, to attend the Olympics in Brazil.
Please note that
these updates, whilst useful information, should not replace you seeking
professional advice and recommendations from your own doctor before embarking
on your journey.
Have a great time and please remember, Mayfair